Saturday, September 23, 2023

Lightning Strike Sparks a Small Fire in the Hills East of Covelo

Turbulent weather in the hills east of Covelo seen from the Eden Valley AlertCalifornia fire camera

A lightning strike ignited a small wildfire east of Round Valley this afternoon prompting ground and air resources to respond.

Scanner traffic began around 5:48 p.m. with dispatch relaying to firefighters that a lightning bolt struck a single tree near Timberridge Trail, a rural road east of Covelo.

As a result, CALFIRE deployed a firefighting helicopter and a hand crew to the scene.

Multiple lightning trackers such as WeatherBug and LightningMaps.org show this area was bombarded with lightning strikes this afternoon.

UPDATE 6:28 p.m.: A firefighting helicopter viewing the fire from above confirmed that a single tree was on fire and predicted the fire had little/no chance of spreading.

The firefighting helicopter making maneuvers over the sight of the burning tree [Screen shot from FlightRadar24]

Please remember that this story is unfolding. Information is being reported as we gather it. However, some of the information coming from witnesses and initial official reports could be wrong. We will do our best to get the facts but, in the case that something is inaccurate, we will update with correct information as soon as we can.

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